The latest piece in the Burnley economic jigsaw is on track as the town’s new rail way station is set to open soon.
The modernised Manchester Road Railway Station will complement another major development on Burnley’s rail network, the reinstatement of the Todmorden Curve, reducing journey times to Manchester.
Manchester Road Station is expected to be open for passengers by mid summer, although the new car park is already being used.
Burnley Council leader Coun. Mark Townsend said: “A few finishing touches are being undertaken.
“The redevelopment of Manchester Road Station was a top priority for Burnley, crucial to transforming the borough’s economic prospects, and is just one of the major regeneration projects underway to develop new infrastructure to support the economic growth of the town.
“For some passengers it can be the first impression they get of a town, and with the transformations underway in town, it is important that visitors see the new modern, changing Burnley.”
The development has also involved Lancashire County Council, Citizens Rail Interreg IVB, the East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership, Northern Rail and Network Rail.
Dyan Crowther, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “Rail travel across the country is at an all time high and set to continue.
“The new Manchester Road Station and Todmorden Curve will complement our plans for the North including the Northern Hub, significantly improving services between the two centres.”